Autumn leaves in Litchfield CT (Connecticut)
  celebrating litchfield county

Autumn in Litchfield

December 16, 2010 Lakes are beginning to freeze over. Ice on lake.

December 14, 2010 Some new snow to replace what was washed away last weekend. Snow on pine cone.

December 10, 2010 At 7 degrees above Fahrenheit, frost swells on weed stems in a roadside field. Frost on weeds. Frost on weeds.

December 9, 2010 The plumes coming from the Lake Ontario continue to bring a sprinkling of snow. Snow on wetland area.

December 7, 2010 Although Lake Ontario seems far off, the winds are just right and we've had two days of lake-enhanced clouds and snow. Cloud and wind.

November 29, 2010 A frosty morning. These crystals were on my windshield. Frost crystals.

November 23, 2010 A still and gray morning. Early morning fog.

November 22, 2010 Bare trees frame the early sunset. Sunset through the trees.

November 12, 2010 Trees with any remaining leaves are becoming few and far between. Yellow leaves.

November 8, 2010 The first snow (and sleet) of the season. Snow and sleet on flowers.

November 3, 2010 With the last of the trees rapidly losing their leaves, sometimes the most interesting sights are on the ground. Pink color in maple leaf.

November 1, 2010 A chilly start to November as temperatures in the 20's brought an official end to the growing season this morning. Pink color in maple leaf.

October 29, 2010 Back to reality with a freeze warning for tonight. Pumpkins.

October 28, 2010 Almost 70 degrees with a mostly gentle breeze — a beautiful Indian summer day. It's hard to believe that there's a chance of snow showers in the forecast for early next week. Horses in fromt of fall foliage.

October 26, 2010 There has been less yellow and more orange and red this year — up until now. The last wave of tree color is offering plenty. Bright maple fall foliage.

October 25, 2010 Note: We had a service outage this past weekend where our site is hosted. Sorry for the inconvenience if you weren't able to get our fall foliage forecast.

October 22, 2010 Although some trees have lost their leaves, there are plenty showing beautiful color. Bright maple fall foliage.

October 14, 2010 This is turning out to be a wonderful year for orange and red leaf color — yellows seem generally brief on all but older maples. Orange maple fall foliage.

October 8, 2010 The perfectly clear skies at sunrise allowed the sun to intensify the leaves that are showing color. Sunrise.

October 6, 2010 Cool but moist weather is bringing an almost spring-like green back to many spots, offering cover and/or food. See more local mice at Mouse of the Mouse.

October 2, 2010 The breezy weather produced a windfall of fruit. Apples.

September 30, 2010 A very wet week, but not everybody minds. Green frog.

September 26, 2010 The first weekend of autumn felt like summer, but isolated color in the trees is a reminder of what's ahead. Early Autumn Foliage

September 22, 2010 Fall arrived the same night as the Harvest Moon, which rose with a pumpkin color. The Harvest Moon

The Autumn equinox was at 11:09 PM on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.

September 17, 2010 Ripening for many fruits is ahead of the norm this year. grapes

September 14, 2010 Intermittent moisture, just enough for this mushroom to pop up. mushroom

September 11, 2010 Bounty at the tail end of the growing season. sunflowers

September 7, 2010 Hints of autumn-like cool nights mean there's no time to waste. squirrel

Continue reading from the Summer in Litchfield archive >


Click for Litchfield, Connecticut Forecast
Fall Foliage in Litchfield Connecticut 2010

2010 Fall Foliage Update

WEEKEND OF 11.13: It has gotten challenging to find any remaining leaves in the norther part of the county. However, protected areas in the southern part of Litchfield county do have some. Leaf-ehanced sunrise and sunset views of the hills are waning in the north, still good in the south.

WEEKEND OF 11.6: After some more serious cold, we're likely to have a lot fewer leaves on the trees by this weekend. This may be the last weekend of leaf season, with only isolated spots having enough leaves to show color. Sunrise and sunset views of the hills should still be good.

WEEKEND OF 10.30: Many trees have already lost their leaves. Yet there's a final wave of dramatic color here and there. Avoid valleys that pooled early cold air and exposed areas that lost leaves in the storms. And remember that post-peak color on distant hills can be great when viewed at sunrise and sunset.

WEEKEND OF 10.23: Plenty of color. There have been multiple light frosts over the past week and a half, but not a killing freeze. Some trees have already lost their leaves. Don't wait.

WEEKEND OF 10.16: Colors are now bright and everywhere. The biggest concern is wind — how much will the pressure gradient tighten behind the deepening early season nor-easter that passed on Friday morning. Winds are forecast to peak Friday evening, but remain with us through all of Saturday. If the leaves hold on, all week should be great. Enjoy the color before it's on the ground!

WEEKEND OF 10.9: Stormy and windy weather has actually set the stage of leaf color backward, as many of the leaves that were showing color came down. Temperatures dropping into the 30s this Saturday night, if the forecast is correct, should trigger the next wave of color; but we won't see the full results immediately. So our prediction for this weekend is spotty color, increasing by the day.

WEEKEND OF 10.2: A lot of color has emerged this week, although we're still at an early stage. It will be interesting to see if all of the rain this week slows the progression. Much cooler temperatures (but no frost) are expected this weekend, however.

WEEKEND OF 9.24: It's very early, but some isolated trees are showing patches of beautiful red.

Note: these observations are centered on the town of Litchfield -- considerable variation should be expected when considering the county as a whole.

About Us is your link to life in the country. And if travel, vacation, or just a weekend drive brings you to Litchfield County Connecticut, we hope that the on-going photo essays will inspire you to find more of the beauty that those of us who live here in the northwest hills enjoy every day. is supported by the ads you see in this column and by your donations. Thank you!

Contact us — the old-fashioned way:, POB 1111, Litchfield, CT 06759-1111.